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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2016

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species:
BAP species; Dingy Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, White Admiral, Grayling, Small Heath, Wall Brown
Others; Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor

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Send Us Your Sightings
We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk.
email them to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
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If you see a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.

Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 26 Thomas Crescent, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2HN or to

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
22 Jun Saw 3 Silver-studded Blue, 2 Small Heath and 1 Silver Y Moth today. The heather is just coming out. Westleton Heath   David and Lilian Pitt
21 Jun one fresh Ringlet, also a first. 4 x meadow browns, 1 x brown argus an 1 x common blue Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
20 Jun Small Tortoiseshell 5, Small Heath 5, Holly Blue 1, Common Blue 3, Meadow Brown 1 Landguard butts   Will Brame
20 Jun I saw my first large skipper Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
20 Jun After today's rain, lots more Meadow Browns out at Sizewell + Large Skipper & a few worn Common Blues Sizewell   Charles Cuthbert
19 Jun 7 Silver-studded Blue at Purdis, 6 at Ransomes and 1 at Pipers Vale today     David Dowding
19 Jun 3 Meadow Browns, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Small Heaths, 2 Common Blues, 1 Mother Shipton, 3 Burnet Companions.   East End (East Bergholt)   Liz Cutting
19 Jun : Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell x2, Small Heath, Meadow Brown (also Silver-Y x3) Undley TL6983 Martin Peers
19 Jun Large White, Small White, Painted Lady x2 Mildenhall Fen TL657792 Martin Peers
18 Jun One Silver-studded Blue seen in damp conditions westleton common.   Richard Miller-Smith
16 Jun My first large skipper (male) black bourn valley   Trevor Goodfellow  
16 Jun  Meadow Brown 1, Speckled  Wood 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Holly Blue 1, Banded Demoiselle 1, C Blue Damselfly 20 Kirton Creek   Will Brame
16 Jun A walk south of Orford along the sea wall today produced one Wall Brown, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Painted Lady, 2 Small Heaths and several whites.   Orford TM4249 Gary & Jenny Plank
15 Jun Just had my first 2 male Silver-studded Blues emerging on Westleton Common today.  Wont be much longer til the main counts  if weather holds. Westleton Common   David Rous
15 Jun My first Meadow Brown of the year at Sizewell on 15th June, also a few Small Heath & Common Blues Sizewell   Charles Cuthbert
15 Jun Small Heath 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Common Blue 4, Small White 6, Large White, 1 Epichnopterix plumella, 1 Common Broomrape 1 Landguard butts   Will Brame
14 Jun Red Admiral 1 my first this year Felixstowe ferry   Will Brame
13 Jun A quick visit to SWT black bourn valley reserve at Thurston revealed a few commophila aeneana (orange conch micro moth) plus two meadow browns and a few speckled wood. (photos click here) black bourn valley   Trevor goodfellow
11 Jun 1 faded Painted Lady, 1 Brown Argus, Holly Blue, Orange Tip. Theberton TM 446 334 Andrew Leng 
11 Jun 2 Small White, 4 Large White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock, 2 Wall Brown, 4 Holly Blue SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
11 Jun Scarce Chaser, Wall Butterfly and a tatty Red Kite with a Marsh Harrier Carlton Marshes   Andrew Easton
10 Jun 6+ Burnet Companion, 3+ Mother Shiptons, 2 Common Blue and my first Meadow Brown of the year East End (East Bergholt)   Liz Cutting
10 Jun Common Tubic Moth and Large Skipper Altonwater   Tony and Sandy
9 Jun Small Heath, female Orange Tip, 3 Brown Argus, two Speckled Wood, Holly Blue in field. Theberton TM 446 334 Andrew Leng
9 Jun Dingy Skipper 4, Brimstone, Small Heath, Small Copper, Painted Lady, Common Blue, Brown Argus King's Forest Thetford   Tony and Sandy
7 Jun My first Large Skipper for the year     Neil Sherman
7 Jun Green Hairstreak Theberton TM 446 334 Andrew Leng
7 Jun Today along ride 202 Kings Forest I sighted  2 Painted Lady, 1 Green Hairstreak, 9 Common Blue, 4 Small Heath,3 Large White & 5 Orange Tip.  There was also 3 Burnet Companion moths and several Cinnabar moths.  Unfortunately I couldn't find any Dusky Skippers. King's Forest   Simon Jeffs
7 Jun Saw one Brown Argus  and a Common Blue during our brief visit plus many Cinnabars and one Silver Y Moth. Lound Lakes   David and Lilian Pitt
7 Jun Saw 2 Wall Browns this morning near the railway line plus 6 Holly Blue, 5 male Orange Tips, 2 Small White and a Peacock in the glorious sunshine. Somerleyton   David and Lilian Pitt
6 Jun Don't know if anyone else got it , but definite male Swallowtail just below us flying hard right along dyke.  When standing at the top of the mound, it was to our right , came along the dyke from the right and double back Carlton Marshes   Richard Martin
6 Jun Green Hairstreak 2, Common Blue 11, Small White 7, B tailed Damselfly 1  Landguard n.r.   Will Brame
6 Jun Large White 4, Green-veined White, Orange Tip 4 males, Holly Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath 4, Speckled Wood 12 Stradishall airfield TL720510  
6 Jun First Small Skipper of the year along with a good number of male Orange Tips.  Also seen were Brimstone, Red Admiral & Green veined White. Belstead Meadows   Kev Ling
6 Jun Wall brown next to scrape, Carlton Marshes.    TM500926 Richard Martin
6 Jun Three Holly Blues in our small garden simultaneously this afternoon. TM230452 Jenny & gary Plank
5 Jun Small Copper 2, Orange Tip 1m Westleton Heath   Sean Minns
5 Jun Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 3, Holly Blue 1 Minsmere   Sean Minns
5 Jun green veined white in flight over my wildlife bed  (photo click here) Suffolk   Mr H
5 Jun One Painted Lady (photo click here) Boyton marshes   Bill Plumb
5 Jun Two Wall Browns at Hollesley Marshes, 30 m past viewing screen along track to river. (photo click here) Hollesley Marshes   Bill Plumb
5 Jun Several cinnabar moths, a few common blue and brown argus.  Some Small Heaths and this small copper captured by a snipe fly (photo click here) Ramparts heath   Trevor Goodfellow
5 Jun small white, common blue, Green-veined White and a couple of painted lady and a red admiral.  Also noted was a burnet campion. North stow   Trevor Goodfellow
5 Jun Just had our first Painted Lady of the year on Red Valerian. Wickham Market TM302 563 Rob and Kerry Reeve
5 Jun Large White 9, Small White 8, Speckled Wood 7, Holly Blue 11, Painted Lady 1 Peewit Hill Felixstowe   Will Brame
5 Jun Painted Lady.  2 on path near Harkstead. Harkstead TM 192 342 Paul Wigens
4 Jun Common Blue 1 male, Orange Tip 2mf, Small White 1, Red Admiral 1 Martins Meadow   Sean Minns
4 Jun Painted Lady. 1 in garden Bredfield TM 267 552 Paul Wigens
4 JUn Two painted ladies on sea wall Aldeburgh TM4457355810 John Baker
4 Jun  Butterflies Recorded, 6 Holly Blue, 4 Speckled Wood, 8 Peacock, 4 Wall Brown, 2 Red Admiral SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
4 Jun 2 Painted Ladys, 2 Green Hairstreaks, lots of Whites, 12 Common Blues, 3 Brown Argus, mating pair of Small Coppers (photo click here) Landguard, Felixstowe   Robert Brown
4 Jun At least two PaintedLadies on the beach Landguard LNR this morning     Chris (landguardranger)
4 Jun 2 Painted ladies at Landseer today Landseer Park Ipswich   David Dowding
4 Jun Double figure counts 50+ of Painted Lady in the Suffolk Brecks this afternoon, most flying high, fast and in a westwards direction. (photo click here) Lots of Silver-Y Moths too Breckland   Bill Stone
3 Jun In my garden just now. Wall Brown (photo click here Lowestoft TM511961 Richard Martin
29 May Holly Blue 2 Woodbridge St Johns Church   Sean Minns
29 May One Brown Argus and one Small Copper seen on a very grey blustery afternoon. Lound Lakes   David and Lilian Pitt
29 May We at last managed to find a Dingy Skipper this afternoon  along Ride 202, Chalk Lane, on the left hand side of the track approximately 50m beyond the clear fell area.  It was feeding on Bird's-foot-trefoil before flying into the grass.  Also in the same area our first Common Blue of the year (photos click here) King's Forest   David Carter
29 May 2 Dingy Skipper seen at Wordwell, Kings forest this afternoon (photo click here).  Plus Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Heath  Wordwell, Kings forest   Neil Sherman
29 May 3 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock, 2 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 8 Small Coppers, 8 Common Blues recorded at the sluice area (photos click here) RSPB Minsmere   Robert Quadling
29 May Green Hairstreak (photo click here) RSPB Minsmere   Dawn Balmer
29 May Always nice to find a fresh Common Blue, this one warming itself up (photo click here) Long Strops, Kesgrave   Bill Stone
29 May SBBC Event Helmingaham Hall - there was a steady stream of visitors to our stand with people wanting to know about butterflies and what plants to grow to attract butterflies to gardens.  Unfortunately although sunny it was a breezy and no bitterflies were seen on the walk.  One person had taken a photo of a Holly Blue for identification Helmingham Hall    
28 may 1 WALL BROWN Hollesley Marsh   Sean Minns
28 May Spent the afternoon searching for Walls in Hollesley/ Shingle Street, Suffolk area. No luck but several Red Admirals seen flying in off sea. Hollesley   Bill Stone
28 May 2 Large White, 6 Small White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone , 12 Orange Tip, 22 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 22 Holly Blues (photos click here), 4 Wall Browns (photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
27 May (sunny and warm) Orange Tip - 11, Small Copper - 10, Green Veined White - 4, Comma - 1, Green Hairstreak - 2, Peacock - 2, Small Heath - 10, Large White - 2, Dingy Skipper - 3, Small White - 2, Brown Argus - 1, Brimstone - 1 The Kings Forest   James Bradbury
27 May (sunny and warm) Large White - 1, Brimstone - 1, Holly Blue - 4, Small White - 2, Peacock - 2, Green Veined White - 1, Orange Tip - 2, Speckled Wood - 1 Lavenham Disused Railway walk   James Bradbury
27 May Six Small Heaths on Sutton Common this morning at    Sutton Common TM325470 Will Brame & Gary Plank
27 May Wall brown butterfly resting on oak tree at Carlton marshes (photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes   Gavin Durrant
27 May Small Copper 1  Hollesley Common   William Brame
26 May Green Hairstreak 1 Orange tip 2 Peacock 1  Common Blue 1     Felixstowe Ferry   William Brame
26 May Green Hairstreak 1 Holly Blue 1 Common Blue 1 Landguard butts   William Brame
26 May (sunny and warm) Orange Tip - 1, Green Veined White - 3 Snape Maltings   James Bradbury
26 May (sunny and warm) Green Veined White - 6, Orange Tip - 15, Holly Blue - 10 (a personal high count for anywhere in UK following 16 years of consistently recording butterflies), Peacock - 7, Comma - 1, Large White - 4, Small White - 11, Small Heath - 1, Small Tortoiseshell - 1, Red Admiral - 4, Speckled Wood - 1 Orford   James Bradbury
26 May 2 Small Heaths, 3 Peacocks, 3 male Orange Tips and numerous whites. Bawdsey   Robert Brown
26 May Speckled Woods a'plenty in Mill Wood Edwardstone on this morning's bike ride (photo click here) Mill Wood Edwardstone   Adrian Chalkley
25 May SBBC Event - Dingy Skipper Survey "Another day of poor weather coincided with the 2nd Dingy Skipper survey day in the Kings Forest.  Despite the threat of rain and with grey skies and a temperature of 10 degrees three BC members attended.  We explored the restricted Archery area and found a single Dingy Skipper roosting in long grass.  We also walked the Wordwell Ride but no Dingy Skippers were found.  With no improvement in the weather the decision was made to finish early and head home.  The weather throughout May has made surveying the Dingy Skipper population very difficult. If anyone has managed to record any Dingy Skippers then please let me know as soon as possible so I can add to the survey sightings and undertake a review of the results". King's Forest   Bill Stone
23 May A Few Butterflies seen at Kings Forest Thetford today. Dingy Skipper (photo click here), Orange Tip, Small Copper, Small Heath. Kings Forest   Tony and Sandy
23 May (overcast) Green Hairstreak - 1 Dunwich Heath   James Bradbury
23 May (sunny) Peacock - 1, Red Admiral - 1, Small Copper - 2, Small White - 1 Minsmere RSPB   James Bradbury
22 May 1 Brimstone, 1 Wall Brown Butterflies  (photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
22 May At SWT Gunton warren half a dozen Green Hairstreaks along cliff top (photo click here) SWT Gunton warren   Gavin Durrant
22 May (overcast) Orange Tip - 1 Wolves Wood   James Bradbury
22 May (partly sunny) Peacock - 2, Green Veined White - 2, Large White - 1, Holly Blue - 1 Bulls Wood   James Bradbury
21 May (partly sunny) Green Veined White 4, Speckled Wood 9, Large White 5, Orange Tip - 2, Peacock - 1, Small White - 1 Bradfield Woods   James Bradbury
21 May One Green Hairstreak, a Brimstone, a Large White, several Orange Tips, one Small Copper, a Holly Blue, a Peacock and umpteen Cinnabars were spotted in very windy but warm conditions. Lound Lakes   David and Lilian Pitt
21 May Red Admiral Butterfly a few about today, 16 Orange Tip, 5 Holly Blue,11 Green-veined White, 3 Large White,3 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Peacock,4 Red Admiral SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
21 May Visited the area today and found at least 6 Green Hairstreaks present in fairly windy conditions. Lineage Wood TL 892483. Peter Hobbs
20 May Male Brimstone, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, 5 Green Veined Whites, mating pair of Green Veined Whites (photo click here) numerous Whites, lots of male and female Orange Tips, 4 Holly Blue and 3 Speckled Woods River Gipping at Needham Market   Robert Brown
19 May 3 whites sp, Small Heath 2, Green Hairstreak 3, Landguard butts   Will Brame
17 May King's Forest walk yielded 100 sightings made up of mainly orange tip, green veined white and small white.  Others were holly blue, peacock, red admiral, small tortoiseshell, large white, small copper, small heath, brimstone and several speckled wood.  Nearby Ramparts heath: Brown Argus small copper and GVW. 13 species not bad for may.  Still no GH though.  First hawk moth of the year in the moth trap at home: poplar hawk of course also swallow prominent, grey dagger and my first 'chocolate tip' (photo click here) King's Forest   Trevor Goodfellow
17 May Took a stroll at Lineage Wood this morning - 10:30 to 11:30 - using Peter Hobbs Map ref. Green Hairstreak (max of 7 together in the north corner plus at least 6 individually further down the edge of the wood) Red  Admiral (2), Brimstone (2), Comma (1), Orange Tips (male & female) + various Whites. Speckled Wood (2) on the footpath from car parking area on Bridge St Rd. (photos click here) Lineage Wood TL 892483. Simon Jeffs
16 May 1 Wall seen at RSPB Hollesley Marsh on Monday 16th RSPB Hollesley Marsh   Volunteer Warden
16 May Brimstone laying eggs on buckthorn shoots (photo click here)     Graham Denny
15 May Wall reported at SWT Carlton Marsh on 15/05. SWT Carlton Marsh   Andrew Easton
15 May We had two Small Heath, (photo click here), butterflies on Cavenham Heath this afternoon. Cavenham Heath   Margie & David Carter
13 May l discovered at least 6 green hairstreaks along the edge of Lineage Wood near Lavenham concentrated around various blackthorns at or very near TL 892483.  I'll pop back to carry out a proper count as I didn't have time on my hands yesterday.  (photo click here) Lineage Wood TL 892483. Peter Hobbs
13 May 3 Small Tortoiseshells, numerous Whites, 4 Green Hairstreaks, one Holly Blue. Landguard Point, Felixstowe   Robert Brown
13 May A walk this morning from the Froyse, Chillesford cross-country to Orford and back produced 10 Orange Tips, 3 Red Admirals, 3 Peacocks, several Whites (?) and best of all a male Brimstone at    Orford TM400515 Gary & Jenny Plank
12 May How awesome- 4 G.Hairstreaks in meadow St James! 2 males fighting for 20mins     Caroline Coles
12 May Along the River Gipping, Needham Market, 10 male Orange Tips, 2 female Orange Tips, numerous Wthites, 4 Peacocks, 5 Red Admirals, 3 Holly Blues, 1 female Brimstone and 2 male Brimstones. Needham Market   Robert Brown
12 May In the garden: a Red admiral basking, Holly Blue round the hollies, Male and female Orange tips visiting ladies smock and male Brimstone.   Theberton TM446 334 Andrew Leng
12 May Hot day and many sightings in the King's forest West Stow.  Holly blue x 10+, brimstone m&f x 10, small white x 4, small copper x 8, small heath x 3, speckled wood x 5, orange tip m&f x 12, peacock x 2. (photos click here) King's forest   Trevor Goodfellow
10 May SBBC Event Dingy Skipper Survey - Great to record Dingy Skippers and additional 7 species on @BC_Suffolk walk in Kings Forest, Suffolk Brecklands today despite the gloom! King's Forest   Bill Stone
9 May Red Admiral 2, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1 North Warren   Richard Perryman
9 May 1 Painted Lady SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
9 May I've seen several painted ladies, lots of peacock sightings, orange tips and  2 speckled woods.  These were all spotted yesterday and over the last 2 weeks at Goldsmith Grove/Goldsmith Way . Ipswich IP312FD Tracie-Anne Beattie
9 May Brimstone (male), large white, small white, orange tip, holly blue. Garden .   Are there more orange tips around this year?  In a garden it is hard to tell.  I also want to mention seasonality.  Last year in response to a comment, early in the year, that there was not much nectar flowers about  I suggested Ground Ivy was a good plant for early butterflies as it was in full flower with sheets of flowers with bumble bees and butterflies using it and posted a picture of a brimstone and peacock on it as well as seeing tortoiseshell feeding on it.  That picture was posted on the 14th April when the ground ivy was in full flower and the early butterflies were about.  This year the ground ivy has only just got into full flower on the 8th May with the warm sunny weather , It has been out for a bit but very sparce.  Now it is out there are no bumble bees or butterflies using it and only the odd peacock still about and no tortoiseshells though the brimstones are still flying strongly. Theberton TM446 334 Andrew Leng
9 May Orange Tip 4males, Green-veined White 4, Small White 2, Large White, Red Admiral 2 (moving through), Speckled Wood. Pot Kilns, Gt Cornard TL890414 Martin Peers
9 May In our garden later I saw male and female Orange Tip (the latter searching out a suitable flower for laying her eggs), a male Brimstone and a pair of Holly Blues   TL881414)  
9 May Small Coppers 9, Orange Tip 2 , Brimstone 1,  Peacock 4 and a Cinnabar Moth. Minsmere   David and Lilian Pitt
8 May SBBC Event - Excellent walk in Kings Wood today with Rob Parker & Co. First Dingy Skipper for me. KIng's Forest   Tony and Sandy
8 May Lovely few days in gardens 4 Speckled woods, umpteen Orange Tips m & f, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Whites.  I am used to seeing Orange Tips in North Yorks,  This, my first sightings in Suffolk makes me think the males have more dark colouration on upper surface, and thus are not as White and  Orange.  Is this likely? Knodishall    
8 May Today at Minsmere near the New Cut a Male Brimstone Minsmere TM470660 Gary & Jenny Plank
8 May Green Hairstreak seen on gorse at Hoist Covet Walberswick this morning, photo click here Walberswick   Margie & David Carter
7 May 2 Green-veined White Butterflies  .(photo click here) Cavenham Nature Reserve   Nick Brown
7 May One Small Copper Upper Hollesley Common TM3347 Gary & Jenny Plank
7 May Green Hairstreak in my garden - First sighting ever!   IP19 OHJ Caroline Coles
7 May 9 Orange Tip, 2 Red Admiral ,1 Small White ,2 Green-veined White ,4 Small Tortoiseshell, 61 Peacock SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
7 May 2 x Green Hairstreak (see photo click here), 8 Orange Tip (3f/5m), Large White, Peacock Kiln Meadow, Bobbit's Lane   Kev Ling
7 May 3 Orange Tip (m), Green Veined White, Speckled Wood x 2 Belstead Meadows   Kev Ling
7 May I saw 6 Dingy Skippers today in the Kings Forest whilst checking the route for Wednesdays survey. (photo click here) Kings Forest TL8373 Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
7 May At Brundon, Sudbury this morning the following butterflies were active:- Green-veined White 3+; Orange Tip 2 males; Brimstone 5 (3 males); Peacock 1; Speckled Wood 1. Brundon, Sudbury   Martin Peers
7 May  Also, between Friar's Meadow and my garden (8841): Green-veined White 4, Small White 2, Orange Tip 3 males + 1 female, Holly Blue 5, Speckled Wood 2. Sudbury   Martin Peers
7 May Garden - Holly Blues, Orange Tips, Speckled Wood, Comma, Peacock and  a female Brimstone E. Ipswich   Helen Saunders
6 May in my garden I saw 2 Holly Blue and a Speckled Wood, the first this year.   Leiston   Carl Powell.
6 May It was good to be back in my garden this week.  Today several Orange tips seen and a female egg-laying on Garlic Mustard, then two Green Hairstreaks chasing each other round some Birches and ‘seeing-off’ one or two Holly Blues. Mildenhall TL707757 Mervyn Crawford.
6 May Another Holly Blue in the garden Fynn Valley TM230452 Jenny Plank
6 May 4 male Orange Tips and 2 females, 2 Large Whites, 2 Peacocks and one Small Tortoiseshell   Fynn Valley TM2047 Jenny Plank
5 May Large Tortoiseshell reliably reported here in Suffolk central Ipswich TM1842 Brian Thompson
5 May a Common Blue identified by it’s low-level flight as opposed to the arboreal Holly Blues, and two Speckled Woods   Mildenhall TL707757 Mervyn Crawford.
5 May 3 Speckled Woods, 1 Large White and 2 male Orange Tips. Portals Wood, Kesgrave   Jenny Plank
5 May Just spotted my first Large White of the year, . It was a male. Newton, Suffolk   Dean Morley
5 May Orange tips and Holly Blue on the wing today - . Halesworth   John Harrold
5 May 12 butterflies 7 species Inc; Brimstone, Orange-tip, Small Copper & Peacock  SWT Coastal Warden Sizewell Belts transect  
4 May On Wednesday 4th May in the afternoon I walked around the tetrad TM0638 in warm sunshine.  I saw 8 butterflies altogether: 1 Small White; 5 Peacocks; 1 Orange Tip; 1 Small Tortoiseshell.   TM0638 Richard Mason
4 May 1 Orange tip male in garden bredfield road Woodbridge   Laurence Potter
4 May Today at King's Forest West Stow, twenty plus Orange Tips and twenty or more Brimstone male and female. Speckled Wood, six Holly Blues (some feeding on some damp limestone rocks), Peacock, Comma, and Small Tortoiseshell also noted. Not a bad day but I did hope to see Green Hairstreak. King's Forest West Stow   Trevor Goodfellow
4 May This Micro moth Esperia sulphurella (photo click here) spotted on a yew hedge at home Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
4 May Three hour walk on the SE side of Alton Water.  Brimstone 8, Speckled Wood 1, Comma 1, Peacock 3, Green-veibed White 2, Orange Tip 1.  Disappointing number of butterflies as Alton Water used to be a good place to see Spring butterflies including Green Hairstreak.  Several Nightingales singing loudly. Alton Water   Richard Perryman
4 May Just seen my first Holly Blue of the year, a male Newton   Dean Morley
4 May In and around the reserve we saw Peacock 1 , Brimstone 2, Orange-tip (m) 4, Speckled Wood 1, Green-veined white 3 on the mud, Small White 2 and the first Hairy Dragonfly of the year! North Cove   David and Lilian Pitt
3 May Common Blue and Small coppers now on the wing SWT Lackford Lakes    
2 May Spring Wood Day Event - mostly cloudy with a few sunny spells but 9 species seen.  Small White, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell. Holly Blue, 2 Green Hairstreak Spring Wood, Ipswich   Helen Saunders
1 May Sightings in my garden --Holly Blue x  2, Green veined White x 1 Leiston:   Carl Powell
1 May First Orange tip for year  Copdock roundabout, from car whilst waiting in traffic queue! Copdock   Neil Sherman
1 May 5 Peacock, 6 Orange Tips Minsmere   Robert Quadling
1 May Orange Tip, by South Belt Crossroads. Minsmere   David Walsh
1 May Holly Blue today - Woodbridge Road, Ipswich   Richard Stace
1 May During our walk round Holywells Park,  this morning we spotted the following butterflies:   5 Brimstones (3 male and 2 female), 1 male Orange Tip, 3 Holly Blues (picture click here) , 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green Veined White, 2 Speckled Woods and 2 Whites. Ipswich   Robert Brown
1 May Nice afternoon with plenty of Butterflies. Several Orange Tips (including female), Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green Veined White. Belstead Meadows   Kev ling
April Total species seen 14      
30 Apr A Small Copper was seen on the 30th April at Hoist Covert, Walberswick   Rob and Kerry Reeve
30 Apr At last! April ends with a recovery: Blue sky and temperatures rising through 11C at 10am. 30 Apr.    Orange-tip male in the garden – my first of the year. Bury St Edmunds.   Rob Parker
30 Apr More Orange-tips at West Stow by the river Lark, plus Small Whites, Brimstones and a Peacock. Lark Valley path TL8070 Rob Parker
30 Apr Sightings: The wind was cool but mostly gentle so spent 1.5 hours to see what was about.  In order of appearance: Brimstone 12, Large White 3, Orange Tip 8, Peacock 5, Green-veined White 3 (including mating pair, see photo click here), Small Tortoiseshell 6, Comma 2 (very small) & Holly Blue 2 which is what I hoped for. North End Exning TL6067 Twm Wade
30 Apr 6 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Large White recorded today.  Peacocks out in numbers today 62 recorded SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
30 Apr 3 Green-veined Whites recorded today SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
30 Apr 6 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Green Veined Whites, 1 male Brimstone, 3 Small Whites, and 2 female Orange Tips (photo click here) Martlesham Creek   Robert Brown
30 Apr 2 male Orange Tips, 1 male Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue   Newbourne Springs   Robert Brown
30 Apr 2 Small Whites and 1 Peacock. Hemley Creek   Robert Brown
30 Apr My first Brimstone this year – a fine male flying along Bridge Street this morning Framlingham TM282635) Gary Plank
30 Apr Orange Tip 1, Green-veined White 1, Peacock 7, Small Tortoiseshell 3 Trimley Marshes   Will Brame
28 Apr Orange Tip 1 Yoxford   David Walsh
28 Apr a Nightingale 3 sp Sylvia warblers and Phyloscs around.  2 Small Whites 1, Small Tortoiseshell  Landguard N.R   Will Brame
28 Apr Small Copper today 28th April on Northern section of Purdis Heath. .  Ipswich TM212429 David Basham
28 Apr I would like to report the following sightings today from along the River Gipping at :   2 Small Whites, 1 Green veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 male Orange Tip, (photo click here) Needham Market   Robert Brown
23 Apr Only 1 Peacock Butterfly seen this afternoon SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
23 Apr Small White 1, on the Butts probably the last butterfly i'll see in April Landguard N.R.   Will Brame
20 Apr Green Hairstreak (photo click here)- my first garden record of the year April 20th.     Bill Plumb
20 Apr Male Brimstone 1, male Orange Tip 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 8 Ickworth Estate   Richard Perryman
20 Apr Male Brimstone Sizewell Belts NR   Charles Cuthbert
20 Apr Small White near Leiston   Charles Cuthbert
20 Apr Green veined White 1, Small White 2,  Peacock 5, Orange Tip 2 males  Loompit  Lake - Managed retreat   Will Brame
20 Apr Brimstone male 1 Nacton village Levington road   Will Brame
20 Apr Peacock 3 Stratton Hall wood   Will Brame
20 Apr In glorious sunshine, we saw two male Orange Tips and lots of Bee-flies. Minsmere   David and Lilian Pitt
19 Apr Peacock 1, Green veined White 3, Small White 1,  Small Tortoiseshell 3 Landguard N.R   Will Brame
18 Apr A first for year Large White 1 Landguard NR   Will Brame
17 Apr A female Speckled Wood Lackford Lakes SWT.   Rob and Kerry Reeve
16 Apr Our first Holly Blue sighting of the year seen in the back garden. Wickham Market TM302 563 Rob and Kerry Reeve
14 Apr Two Holly Blues in my garden yesterday   TM230452 Jenny Plank
14 Apr Peacock posing nicely on week 2 of transect.  4 Peacock and a Brimstone Sizewell Belts   SWT Coastal Warden
14 Apr My first Small White butterfly of 2016 noted today in warm mid-day sunshine Dunwich   Charles Cuthbert
13 Apr My first butterfly sightings this year at IckworthNT Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock Ickworth   Daisy Bodewes
13 Apr Male Orange Tip and male and female Brimstone seen at the wood today, Theberton Wood   ob and Kerry Reeve
13 Apr Lots of Peacock butterflies (10+) flying in warm sunshine, also a Red Admiral there Westleton Common   Charles Cuthbert
13 Apr Green-veined White 1, Small White 2, Peacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1 Landguard butts   Will Brame
13 Apr Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and Small White at lunch Blyth road Halesworth   Scott Mayson
13 Apr Single Holly Blue Broomheath, Woodbridge   Craig Holden
12 Apr My first sighting of Orange Tip.  A small example with a blemish on one wing. (photo click here) Thurston Suffolk   Trevor Goodfellow
12 Apr Seen in our garden today 1 x Holly Blue , 1 x Peacock Chantry, Ipswich   Kev ling
11 Apr Peacock The Grove Felixstowe   Will Brame
11 Apr Comma Peewit Hill Felixstowe   Will Brame
10 Apr Small Tortoiseshell Loompit Lake Trimley st Martin   Will Brame
10 Apr A single Peacock butterfly my only sighting today in sunny but cool conditions Melford Hall NT   Charles Cuthbert
10 Apr The only butterfly i had seen on my visit, Comma along the woodland trail RSPB Minsmere   Robert Quadling
10 Apr 4 Peacock Butterflies seen between 15.10 pm to 16.30 pm SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
10 Apr 2 Small Tortoiseshells around allotments Thorpeness   Scott Mayson
10 Apr A Red Admiral was sunning itself outside Aldeburgh library this afternoon Aldeburgh   Bill Stone
10 Apr Male Orange Tip in my Melton garden this am Melton   Rob Johnson
8 Apr Peacock 4 Falkenham from Deben Lodge to fishing huts   Will Brame
8 Apr Peacock 1 Felixstowe Ferry Kingsfleet   Will Brame
8 Apr Small White Newton, Suffolk   Dean Morley
8 Apr I saw my first male Orange Tip of the year Cavendish, Suffol Dean Morley
5 Apr On the Butts p.m. Small Tortoiseshell 3, Fieid Vole 1.  Customs House Comma 1 Landguard N.R.   Will Brame
5 Apr The butterflies along the path between our house and Friar's meadow today were:- Small White (1), Brimstone (1), Small Tortoiseshell (2), Peacock (2) Sudbury   Martin Peers
5 Apr 3 Brimstone butterflies today at 11.30 am in the woods behind the caravan site at Hollow tree country park Ipswich   Peter Compton
3 Apr Peacock 1, Brimstone male 1 Peewit Hill Felixstowe   William Brame
3 Apr This morning - 2 Commas Holywells Park, Ipswich   Robert Brown
3 Apr Two Comma and a Peacock in my garden today Leiston   Carl Powell
2 Apr Just seen a Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Must be the earliest one I've ever seen Long Melford   Darren Underwood
2 Apr Just verified butterfly records for Suffolk via iRecord.  Nice to see Large White, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue making an appearance on 2/4     Bill Stone
2 Apr Small Tortoiseshell 1, Brimstone male 1 Trimley Marshes SWT   William Brame
2 Apr Brimstones, Commas,P eacocks, Small Tortoiseshell and a Marsh Harrier flew over Center Parcs Elveden   Graham Hersey
2 Apr Peacock, Comma and Brimstone in our garden Flowton TM 085 470 Rob Clements
2 Apr Butterflies seen today, 20 Peacock, 18 Small Tortoiseshell SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
2 Apr I had 2 Peacocks, 1 Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma in my garden today. (Photo click here) Lowestoft).   Bill Whybrow
2 Apr Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell (photos click here) Trimley St Martin    
2 Apr Finally! My first Suffolk butterfly of the year, a male Brimstone Fakenham Magna TL9076 Bill Stone
2 Apr A peacock butterfly at RSPB Hollesley Hollesley   Eddie Bathgate
2 Apr Small tortoiseshell in the White Lion beer garden in Lower Ufford Lower Ufford   Eddie Bathgate
2 Apr Week 1 of the Transect Season is underway.  On my Spring Lane transect (Bury St Edmunds), at 15 deg C and with 80% sun, I saw one Small Tortoiseshell and one Comma Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Rob Parker
2 Apr As I got home, a male Brimstone crossed my garden. Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Rob Parker
2 Apr 1 Brimstone 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Harvesters Way Martlesham Heath   Laurence Potter
2 Apr Male Brimstone seen in front garden. Wickham Market TM302 563 Rob and Kerry Reeve
2 Apr Male Brimstone on the wing in my Kelsale garden this morning at 10.45 hrs Kelsale   Charles Cuthbert
1 Apr Small Tortoiseshell in Henley Road, Ipswich and a Peacock in Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Ipswich   Robert Brown
March Total species seen 6      
31 Mar Today between 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm, butterflies seen 1 Brimstone and 4 Peacock Ellough Industrial Estate, Beccles NR34 7TE Robert Quadling
31 Mar In the WCBS square TL8482 (available), between the rifle range and golf course, there are sun traps and possibly Green Hairstreaks later.  For this day it was 11 Brimstone, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral & 1 Comma (photos click here), a great walk. (13:00 - 15:00 hrs) Thetford TL8482 Twm Wade
31 Mar Brimstone flying down Valley Road, Ipswich about midday Ipswich   Robert Brown
31 Mar Spring is in the air at Center Parcs today!  Red Admiral and Brimstone butterfly, bee flies, toads spawning and a adder basking in the sun Elveden   Graham Hersey
31 Mar Peacock Falkenham Church   Will Brame
30 Mar Peacock Kirton Creek   Will Brame
30 Mar A Comma seen this morning on blackthorn (photo click here) Shingle Street   Margie & David Carter
29 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Levington Creek   Will Brame
29 Mar Small Tortoiseshell Landguard   Will Brame
25 Mar 1st butterfly of the year was seen at Orwell Country Park on Good Friday 25/3/16. A single Small Tortoiseshell     Kev Ling
25 Mar Three first butterflies of 2016 on the wing today near the Suffolk coast - Brimstone, Red Admiral and Peacock Sizewell Belts   Rosemary Lincoln
25 Mar We had male Brimstone, Comma and Peacock in our garden today Sudbury TL882413 Martin Peers
25 Mar In garden Comma and Peacock visiting blackthorn,  Brimstone Theberton TM446 334  Andrew Leng
25 Mar Small Tortoiseshell this morning Carlton Marsh, Lowestoft TM504918 Bill Whybrow
25 Mar We have been for a walk along the River Gipping and spotted: 4 Commas, 2 Peacocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells Needham Market   Robert Brown
25 Mar We saw a Small Tortoiseshell amongst the gorse this morning (sunny) quite near the Coastguard Cottages Dunwich Heath   Geraldine Smith
25 Mar Butterflies seen , 8 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 Peacock between 12pm to 3 pm  (photos click here) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
25 Mar Small Tortoiseshells at it on the Butts (photo click here)+ 1 Comma at the Customs House  Landguard n.r   Will Brame
22 Mar Peacock Wickham Market TM302 563 Rob and Kerry Reeve
22 Mar male Brimstone Lower Holbrook   Richard Stace
22 Mar Brimstone seen in garden, East Ipswich IP3 8HE at 10am E Ipswich   Richard and Linda Mayhew
22 Mar My first Small Tortoiseshell of the year in Suffolk seen at Minsmere Sluice today at 1215 hrs Minsmere   Charles Cuthbert
22 Mar Brimstone at Blyth Road Halesworth at lunch time today Halesworth   Scott Mayson
22 Mar Brimstone and Peacock    Theberton TM446 334 Andrew Leng
22 Mar Peacock SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
22 Mar My wife has seen our first Brimstone Butterfly in Lowestoft today at 11.15 am, along Long Road . LOwestoft NR33 9DE Robert Quadling
22 Mar Four Brimstones seen in different locations around Knettishall Heath in warm sunshine Knettishall Heath   Steve Aylward
22 Mar Landguard Peacock 1,Peewit Hill Small White 2 Comma 2 Peacock 1 Landguard, Peewit Hill   William Brame
22 Mar A warm and sunny afternoon walk around the observatory saw singles of Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma butterflies on the wing. Landguard Observatory   from Blog
22 Mar Small tortoiseshell x 2 by Station Rd in Fram today.  Sunning themselves on a metal surface Framlingham   Essie Bathgate
22 Mar A single male Brimstone patrolling a hedgerow in full sun at 9degC.  My first butterfly of the year Ickworth NT TL 821601 Rob Parker.
22 Mar Brimstone (male) in the Water Meadows Bury St Edmunds   John Williams
22 Mar A sunny day - at last - an excited husband calling me to the garden.... A male Brimstone fluttered all the way along the fence, turned and then all the way back and over the path to the cemetery.  He didn't pause at the Buckthorns which are now above fence height but hopefully he will be back with a wife in the future. Framlingham   Geraldine Smith
18 Mar Small Tortoiseshell at Felixstowe Ferry, on river wall Felixstowe   Richard and Linda Mayhew
18 Mar Our first garden butterfly sighting of the year today - a Small Tortoiseshell Flowton.   Rob Clements
18 Mar My first Small Tortoiseshell of the year, not surprising as it turned out mild this afternoon. (photo click here) Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
17 Mar We had a Tortoiseshell in my garden Sutton heath.   Gary Coppard
17 Mar The warmth of the sun this morning brought the first butterfly of the year out in the form of a Small White Landguard    
17 Mar My first Comma of the year nectaring on garden heathers here today     Charles Cuthbert
17 Mar I would like to report my first butterfly sighting of the year….a Small Tortoiseshell (photo click here)at Landguard, Felixstowe this afternoon, Landguard   Robert Brown
16 Mar Fleeting glimpse of a Small Tortoiseshell on the Sizewell Estate today, although seemed to cold and windy! Sizewell   SWT Warden
14 Mar My first butterfly sighting of the year. Small Tortoiseshell (photo click here) at Friars Meadow, Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury   Samuel Chamberlin
14 Mar Saw first Peacock of this year 12.30 pm a few hundred meters from Gainsbourgh Sports Centre Ipswich   Peter Compton
10 Mar Saw a Peacock today, my first butterfly for the year, at Ipswich Golf course (Purdis Farm) Ipswich TM208432 Neil Sherman
10 Mar 3 Peacock Butterflies seen between 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles NR34 7TE Robert Quadling
3 Mar Red Admiral, 12.30 hrs, air temp then 8 deg C. Iken   Charles Cuthbert
February Total species seen 5      
29 Feb Peacock butterfly at s car park Oulton marshe TM 510935 Gavin Durrant
26 Feb I had a sleepy Peacock in my Lowestoft garden this morning.  Lowestoft   Bill Whybrow.
25 Feb Saw a Small Tortoiseshell today! Gliding around a field margin at Sizewell Sizewell TM 459658 SWT Warden
25 Feb Small Tortoiseshell Henniker Rd Ipswich   Rob Johnson
24 Feb Comma butterfly seen at Sandy Close Trimley St Martin basking in the sun and flying Trimley St Martin   Chris R Brown
21 Feb Its only February but today at work at center Parcs Elveden, I saw my first Grass Snake & Red Admiral butterfly Center Parcs   Graham Hersey)
19 Feb Peacock in flight at Thurston, I spotted it yesterday in the barn, must have crawled out of hibernation and took flight in today’s sun. Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
17 Feb A Peacock butterfly in flight at Snape Maltings Snape   Carl Cornish
7 Feb Male Brimstone, making the most of the sunny day. Holywells Park, Ipswich   Helen Saunders
January Total species seen 2
25 Jan Peacock whizz through the garden. Couldn't get a photo but was able to positively identify. Paul Harrison
23 Jan Approximately 11am in Kesgrave (Longstrops bridle way) I saw a Red Admiral butterfly. Kesgrave

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Photographs from 2016 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Small Tortoiseshell - photo by Robert Brown

Small Tortoiseshell - photo by Sam Chamberlin

Small Tortoiseshell - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Small Tortoiseshells - photo by Will Brame

Peacock - photo by Robert Quadling

Peacock - photo by Robert Quadling

Comma - photo by David Carter

Brimstone - photo by Twm Wade

Comma - photo by Twm Wade


Small Tortoiseshell

Comma - photo by Bill Whybrow

Orange Tip - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Green Hairstreak - photo by Bill Plumb

Orange Tip - photo by Robert Brown

Orange Tip - photo by Robert Brown

Holly Blue - photo by Robert Brown

Green-veined Whites - photo by Twm Wade

Esperia sulphurella - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Dingy Skipper - photo by Bill Stone

Green Hairstreaks - photo by Kev Ling

Green Hairstreak - photo by David Carter

Green-veined Whites - photo by Nick Brown

Small Coppers - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Small Copper form caeruleopunctata - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Small Heath - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Small Heath - -photo by David Carter

Brimstone laying eggs on Blackthorn - photo by Graham Denny

Chocolate Tip moth - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Brimstone - photo by Simon Jeffs

Green Hairstreak - photo by Simon Jeffs

Green Hairstreak - photo by Simon Jeffs

Green-veined Whites - photo by Robert Brown

Green Hairstreak - photo by Peter Hobbs

Green Hairstreak - photo by Gavin Durrant

Dingy Skipper - photo by Tony and Sandy

Wall - photo by Robert Quadling

Speckled Wood - photo by Adrian Chalkley

Wall - photo by Gavin Durrant

Red Admiral - photo by Robert Quadling

Holly Blue - photo by Robert Quadling

Wall - photo by Robert Quadling

Common Blue - photo by Bill Stone

Green Hairstreak - photo by Dawn Balmer

Small Copper - photo by Robert Quadling

Common Blue - photo by Robert Quadling

Common Blue - photo by Robert Quadling

Dingy Skipper - photo by Neil Sherman

Dingy Skipper - photo by David Carter

Common Blue - photo by David Carter

Wall Brown - photo by Richard Martin

Painted Lady - photo by Bill Stone

Small Coppers - photo by Robert Brown

Burnet Companion - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Small Copper , Snipe Fly - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

Wall - photo by Bill Plumb

Painted Lady - photo by Bill Plumb

Green-veined White - photo by Mr H

Meadow Brown - photo by Trevor Goodfellow

orange conch micro moth  - photo by Trevor Goodfellow
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